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Aardema, Verna

Overview
Works: 163 works in 609 publications in 11 languages and 38,009 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Folklore  Legends  Stories in rhyme  Biography  Children's films  Animated films  Film adaptations  Short films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PZ8.1.A213, E
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Most widely held works by Verna Aardema
Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

80 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 6,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. A mosquito annoyed the iguana, who frightened the python, who scared the rabbit, and now the whole jungle is in an uproar because the sun won't rise. The animals discuss the situation and decide to punish the mosquito. Even today, whenever we hear a mosquito buzz, we smack it hard!
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

53 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and held by 3,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain
Borreguita and the coyote : a tale from Ayutla, Mexico by Verna Aardema( Book )

20 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and Spanish and held by 2,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A little lamb uses her clever wiles to keep a coyote from eating her up. What's a little lamb to do about a big, oafish coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course! This folk tale from the west of Mexico is energetically told and comfortably packed with many recognizable motifs. Mathers enlarges upon the humorous elements of the story in her boldly colored paintings. Aardema and Mathers are felicitously paired in a tale of trickery rewarded that begs to be read aloud. A glossary to correct Spanish pronunciation is conveniently placed at the beginning of the tale
Who's in Rabbit's house? : a Masai tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

27 editions published between 1969 and 1995 in 6 languages and held by 2,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbit has a problem - someone is inside her house and won't let her in
Rabbit makes a monkey of lion : a Swahili tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the help of his friends Bush-rat and Turtle, smart and nimble Rabbit makes a fool of the mighty but slow-witted king of the forest
Misoso : once upon a time tales from Africa by Verna Aardema( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 1,509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of twelve folktales from different parts of Africa. A fine collection of African tales, with each story preceded by a map showing its locale and a glossary of unfamiliar words. Annotation. Illustrated in full color. From Angola to Zanzibar, this treasury is as varied and bountiful as Africa itself! Master storyteller Verna Aardema retells 12 tales of justice and revenge, greed and generosity, sly trickery, and off-the-wall silliness with her trademark humor and flair. Nearly 50 illustrations vibrantly reflect the spirit of these read-aloud delights, while a map of Africa, story source information, and a personal note from the author make this a rich volume for folk-tale lovers of all ages. "Read this book once for the stories, twice for the illustrations, and a hundred times just for fun."
Anansi does the impossible! : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 1,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people
How the ostrich got its long neck : a tale from the Akamba of Kenya by Verna Aardema( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale from the Akamba people of Kenya that explains why the ostrich has such a long neck
The lonely lioness and the Ostrich chicks : a Masai tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this retelling of a Masai tale, a mongoose helps an ostrich get her chicks back from the lonely lioness who has stolen them
Oh, Kojo! How could you! : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates how a young man named Kojo finally gets the better of the tricky Anansi
Bimwili & the Zimwi : a tale from Zanzibar by Verna Aardema( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Swahili girl is abducted by a Zimwi and told to be the voice inside his singing drum
Anansi finds a fool : an Ashanti tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lazy Anansi seeks to trick someone into doing the heavy work of laying his fish trap, but instead he is fooled into doing the job himself. Anansi, in human form, is tricked by Bonsu when they go fishing
Princess Gorilla and a new kind of water : a Mpongwe tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Gorilla decrees that no one may marry his daughter until a suitor strong enough to consume a barrel of strange, intoxicating water is found
Koi and the kola nuts : a tale from Liberia by Verna Aardema( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An African folktale in which the son of the chief must make his way in the world with only a sackful of kola nuts and the help of some creatures that he has treated with kindness
What's so funny, Ketu? : a Nuer tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1994 in English and Xhosa and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For saving the life of a snake, Ketu is rewarded by being allowed to hear animals think
Behind the back of the mountain; Black folktales from southern Africa by Verna Aardema( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten folk legends from southern Africa include Hottentot, Zulu, and Bantu tales
This for that : a Tonga tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbit tricks the other animals of the African plain into giving her food and other treats
The Vingananee and the tree toad : a Liberian tale by Verna Aardema( Book )

3 editions published between 1983 and 1988 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strange animal called the Vingananee beats up all the other animals and eats their stew until the tiny Tree Toad offers to fight him
Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : [a West Africa tale] by Verna Aardema( Recording )

29 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz
Curious George rides a bike : -- and a lot more monkeying around( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The man in the yellow hat gives Curious George a brand new bicycle. What adventures are ahead for the curious chimp? An unhappy mouse uses a magic potion to turn him into something else. A nice, or maybe nasty, old woman calls upon a rat-catcher to get rid of a nasty, or maybe nice, family of rats. Then, a tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps in the jungle
 
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Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African taleWhy mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : [a West Africa tale]
Alternative Names
Aardema, V. 1911-2000

Aardema, Verna Norberg 1911-2000

Verna Aardema American children's writer

Verna Aardema Amerikaans schrijfster (1911-2000)

Vugteveen, Verna Norberg Aardema 1911-2000

아데마, 버나 1911-2000

아드마, 베르나 1911-2000

아르데마, 베르나 1911-2000

아아르데마, 베르나 1911-2000

알디마, 버나 1911-2000

アーダマ, バーナ

アールデマ, ヴェルナ

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Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi taleBorreguita and the coyote : a tale from Ayutla, MexicoWho's in Rabbit's house? : a Masai taleRabbit makes a monkey of lion : a Swahili taleMisoso : once upon a time tales from AfricaAnansi does the impossible! : an Ashanti taleHow the ostrich got its long neck : a tale from the Akamba of KenyaThe lonely lioness and the Ostrich chicks : a Masai tale